Alchemy of Souls

alchemyof souls kdramaSummary: Jang Wook is the successor of a powerful mage family, the Jang. However, his energy source was closed by his own father preventing him to do magic. Jang Wook meets a girl Moo Duk, who has the soul of a powerful assasin and thinks she will be her master.

Alchemy of Souls Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys, Magic, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook
Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi
Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool
Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince)



Likes: I’ve been longing for a gooood fantasy drama in a while now, and I think my prayers have been answered by this. This drama didn’t just fed our lust for fantasy stories but all in one treat of period, supernatural, magic, and even comedy. It’s one big, fantastic show and it didn’t disappoint!

The Story. I’m a big fan of the Hong sisters’ style. This, one once again has that similar pattern to their previous work, Hotel de Luna. At times dark, at times funny, and it involved some soul swapping, although Hotel de Luna was more on ghost. I love the story of Alchemy of Souls, it’s somewhat unique and intriguing. And I love how the beginning of the show mainly focused on the background story. How detailed it was which made it clearer and gave all characters weights as the story progressed.

The World. The story is set in a fictional country called Daeho and it looked magical. I love the beautiful sceneries and of course the beautiful people that lived in it. I won’t complain about the men’s eyebrows being too perfect. I think they have blended so well with whole set up 😁. The old world was captivating and mesmerizing. You just want to be part of it.

The Costumes. They were gorgeous! A magical period setting showcased a more enhanced period costumes for everyone. The mages wore these robes that made them looked like above everyone else. Of course, the luxurious types were worn by the leading mages. The ladies dresses were beautiful and accessorized nicely. They wore jewelries just like in Silla Kingdom (at least the one I saw in another drama). Anyways, what I’m trying to say is there’s so much emphasis on the costumes which made this a truly top show.



The Awesome Effects. I’ve got to say, they really did a great job with this. The first scenes capturing Naksu at the frozen river was quite impressive, such iconic fighting scenes! I also love all the cloud effects when alchemy of souls is being performed. The fighting scenes doing Tansu, Chisu and all the Sus πŸ˜„ were captivating. So much power, magic and looking good!

Naksu & The Four Seasons Intro…

Naksu – the beautiful assasin called Naksu, for wherever she goes heads fall to the ground.

Jang Uk – the successor of the Jang family who is as dazzling as the winter snow.

Seo Yul – the genius of the Seo family who is as noble as the sunset in fall.

Park Dang Gu – the heir of the Park family who has the energy of a hot summer.

Jin Cho Yeon as Spring – the daughter of the Jin family who has the vitality of spring.

The BOF Vibe. I can definitely see a lot of Boys over Flowers here. Although our poor girl used to be a fighting goddess, she lost all of her power and became a damsel in distress. Naksu trapped in another body is rescued by the heir of the Jang family, Jang Uk, who’s of course rich and handsome. Then we have Seo Yul, another heir, not only genius but also good-looking, who happened to be Naksu’s first love. The crown prince who’s heir to the throne showing some liking to our girl but gets turned down a lot. Oh memories!

The Beautiful OST. Oh my, I’m missing the show just listening to the OST. The songs are beautiful with a tinge of sadness. Check it out Alchemy of Souls OST!

Words of the Heart. The poem was written by the founder and leader of Seongrim, Master Seo Gyeong, but not known to many it was a love letter for his beloved, the first Jinyowon leader, Jin Seol Ran.

“You can not grasp water, but it is inside the soil.
You can not touch fire, but it is inside the tree.
You can not hold the wind, but it is resting on the rock.
If you let them be, they will exist everywhere.
The faint, blue light makes me sigh.
My white breath turned into snow,
and tears I could not let them drop and hid them.
Despite knowing that they will fill up once again,
I am a fool who dares not shed a single tear.”



Gorgeous cast. Lots of eye candies here with some fighting skills…

Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook – tall and slender and really good-looking in his robes, my gosh, Lee Jae Wook’s career has definitely lifted up. He always showed a great potential in his old dramas but I think as Jang Wook he’s in his road to being a Hallyu star.

Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi – I never really warmed up to her in her past dramas, but as Moo Duk, she was perfect! Short but cute and if you look at her longer, she is actually really beautiful. I just wish she had more chemistry with Lee Jae Wook.

Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool – oh my gosh, such a pretty face! Seo Yool, the genius and the noble, whoah, who wouldn’t fall for him? Well, except Naksu, who had a change of heart. But to be fair Seo Yool has more chemistry with Moo Duk.

Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince) – poor guy, he always gets rejected by Moo Duk, but I love his looks and personality. He’s haughty, yes, but he’s not evil. Oh well, let’s find out in season 2.

My Favourite Love Team. Well, it has to be between Park Jin, the Songrim leader and maidservant Kim. These two were a comical relief and they had such an impressive chemistry. Glad they had so many scenes together. Couldn’t stop laughing on how dense Park Jin was!

The ending. Well, it left everyone hanging but it was a good closure to the first season. When Moo Duk stabbed Jang Wook with the sword, I thought, oh no, is this going to have a tragic ending?! I hope not! I was kind of disappointed that it didn’t end but at the same time glad we have some hopes for a happy ending. Can’t wait for December!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Link: Eat, Love, Kill

Link: Eat, Love, Kill KdramaSummary: Eun Gye Hoon is a respectable chef who used to share his emotion with his twin sister. That connection ended when the sister went missing and believed to have died. Eun Gye Hoon meets a girl called No Da Hyun whose feelings and emotions he could also feel just like his sister.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Melodrama, Food, Psychological, Mystery, Serial Killer
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon
Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun




Likes: It’s an interesting combination of fantasy, romance, food and mystery drama. I like the storytelling, it uniquely blends all this genre together.

Fantasy. I guess feeling someone’s emotions fall into this category. Eun Gye Hoon feeling Noh Da Hyun’s emotions always left that surprised reaction on his face. It must have been a truly daunting experience feeling someone’s fear and anxiety. However, I like the connection and the true reason why they had that link.

Romance. I find these two cute. The chemistry wasn’t that strong but they just look great together. It’s was nice to see that although the characters were ill fated, the attraction was strong enough to stay and protect each other until the end.

Food. I thought I won’t see that restaurant open at all! Anyway, all the testing menu and food Eun Gye Hoon prepared for Noh Da Hyun, especially when she could not sleep, were all mouth-watering! We all wish to have a partner who can cook, don’t we?



Mystery. It was nerve-racking as everyone was a potential suspect. But love how it came out. The real culprit was really that someone you least expected. The title of the episode was called “An Ordinary Evil”, revealing the killer’s identity.

Episode Titles. And yeah since we’re just at it, all episode titles were very well-thought of and truly represents the happenings of every episode. Link, The Connection; Lies; Confession; Cheesy, But Destiny; The Child Returns; Fluttering; Poke; The Children of Jiwhadong, Don’t Turn Around; The Red Gate; The Witness, The Premonition; Mom’s Secret; An Ordinary Evil; The Link and Eat, Love, Kill.

Scary and Funny. I like how they managed to make this show scary and at the same time funny. The fact that there’s someone stalking you and the killer of long time ago is still out there, that’s pretty scary. But we’ve got scenes like the mom and the grandma carrying tools around ready to hit someone when their daughter / granddaughter is in danger. Scenes like Eun Gye Hoon’s friend coming inside the restaurant on inconvenient situations. Or both scary and funny like Lee Jin Geun being put in the fridge, then able to escape only to be hit by a taxi. He survived after that and still able to blackmail the taxi driver.



The Top Leads.

Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon – I love Yeo Jin Goo! I’ve watched this guy grow up in kdramas. He is consistently a brilliant actor. As Eun Gye Hoon, I could feel his pain, guilt and loneliness. His face was painted like that. Then he fell in love, and love was there trying hard to thrive in the midst of pain, guilt and loneliness. Seeing the different emotions pouring out of him, even not his own, was brilliant. This guy can cry, even without trying hard. He’s so natural!

Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun – such a pretty face! I don’t doubt her talent in acting, she’s quite good too. Her tears were just flowing naturally all the time. Not much effort there. I just don’t feel a strong chemistry between her and Yeo Jin Goo.

Ending. I love how all story lines had reached a decent closure. I especially like the happy endings. There were also background stories which shed light to a lot of things like the story of Noh Da Hyun’s grandma. As for our lead characters, it just shows that not all grim pasts can darken the path to happiness and love.

Dislikes: I really don’t understand why Noh Da Hyun kept on walking on dark alleys at night, even after being stalked. That just didn’t make sense!

Chemistry wasn’t that strong.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Kiss Sixth Sense

kiss sixth sense kdramaSummary: Hong Ye Sol has a special ability to see her future once her lips touch someone. One day, she accidentally kisses her boss Cha Min Ho’s lips and she sees their happy future together. She can’t believe it, as she always find her boss as a cold type of guy.

Kiss Sixth Sense Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Boss Romance
Episodes: 12
Stars: Yoon Kye Sang as Cha Min Ho
Seo Ji Hye as Hong Ye Sol
Kim Ji Suk as Lee Pil Yo
Lee Joo Yeon as Oh Ji-Young



Likes: I got so hooked in this as the chemistry between the leads was just too goooood to ignore. Also loved the two’s supernatural abilities, Hong Ye Sol, being able to see the future and Cha Min Ho’s extra hearing ability. Combined with an office romance atmosphere, I thought the story was one of a kind, exciting and definitely kept me entertained all throughout.

Our sexy top leads

Yoon Kye Sang as Cha Min Ho – I’ve watched one of his older shows, gosh that was too long ago. He still looked young then but already had a crush on him. It must be those eyes 😍. He’d aged definitely but still really handsome! I loved his character here, Cha Min Ho, I thought it suited him so well. Very OC, cold, too good in his job, tough boss but then he’s got that undeniable charm.

Seo Ji Hye as Hong Ye Sol – she’s gorgeous as usual and looked great with Yoon Kye Sang. The character has that haughty feel like Seo Dan in Crash Landing in You who I really adored. Hong Ye Sol though went through a trauma so she wasn’t all that tough, but her connection with Cha Min Ho made her see the future with a positive light. I love the dependency between these two lead characters, it made the love story more interesting.

Ad World. This gives us a peek on how ads are made. A lot of people are involved before a short ad, which sometimes doesn’t even capture our attention, is finally out there. I personally appreciate a really good ad, but I never thought of how much work it really involved. I like how the show sheds light on the industry.

Intro Music. I always looked forward to thisΒ  every week, “I see the future…”. It is sooo good and it made Yoon Kye Sang really looked hot in the trailer too. Check it out… Kiss Sixth Sense Intro Song!



Jackson!Β  If you watch the show then you’ll know who Jackson is 😊. Jackson, sorry darling but you shouldn’t be on the way. We’ll get you fixed later.

Blood Moon. Hah, that almost killed me! Our Min Ho looked like he was transitioning into a werewolf! Why did they give that wrong message?! Anyway, the blood moon was magnificent!

Other loveteams. I thought Hong Ye Sol’s cousin and Cha Min Ho’s doctor’s love team was so cute! I loved how clingy the doctor was, he was adorable! Lee Pil Yo, Hong Ye Sol’s ex got another shot in love, and that’s with the actress Oh Ji-Young, who was after Cha Min Ho all the time. I’m good, looks like happy ending awaits everyone!

12 Episode-Show. It would have ended up boring if they dragged it longer. It was straightforward, as soon as we reached the climax, it was done!

Dislikes: Although, it ended at 12th episode, I have the impression that there was a struggle with the story line on how to end it. That last episode was a bit unimpressive.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Twenty Five Twenty One

Twenty five twenty one kdramaSummary: Na Hee Do aspires to be a fencing champion. She has to transfer to a different high school to get more training. At 18, she meets Baek Yi Jin, 22, a hard-working guy who does a lot of part-time jobs. They become friends, then lovers, then see what happens when they turn twenty five and twenty one.

Trailer: Twenty Five Twenty One

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Tae Ri as Na Hee Do
Nam Joo Hyuk as Baek Yi Jin
Bona as Koo Yoo Rim
Choi Hyun Wook as Moon Ji Woong



Likes: This is one of those kdramas that was just so well done. Such a wonderful story of love, friendship, support and relationship and all that comes with them, happiness, sadness, struggles, challenges, successes, failures and all.

The age. It’s so relatable because I was about Na Hee Do’s age during the turn of the century. All those stuff like comics, school uniform, school ground, friends hanging out a lot, eating, drinking, laughing, just simply having fun like you don’t have to worry about the future, my gosh, they all brought back memories of happy and carefree times. Then, there comes the crush, falling in love, having the first kiss, then comes the lapse in communication, then the breakup. So, we thought, oh well, that’s life. Then, we move on. This was also the time when we like to wear t-shirts a lot. That was our go-to outfit, even to the beach! I just love the beach outing in this drama. It was so like my time. It’s funny, because I always thought I grew up in that dull age πŸ€”. I come to think of it, and thanks to this drama too, it was not dull at all. It was fun, full of energy, challenging but we don’t break our head over things like we do now πŸ˜‰. Really thanks to this, I get to look back to the past with a smile and pride and say hey, I grew up in that glorious age!

The characters. I was so impressed by the characters, they’re all very well-thought of.

Na Hee Do – I love her tenacity. She just didn’t give up being a fencer. She worked hard until she was level with her idol, isn’t that impressive! She was this fun, simple, a bit boyish, comics-fanatic, happiness comes from stickers kind of girl. She wasn’t the prettiest but exuded beauty and aura when she was fencing (this is why it’s easy to fall for varsity players ). She was also cute and funny, especially after her several confession attempts. My favourite was when she approached Baek Yi Jin thinking he was her online chat Injeolmi and said, “I have to have you.” 😊 Who wouldn’t fall for her, she was just too cute and likeable. And we’ve all got to thank Kim Tae Ri for bringing Na Hee Do to life. She did an amazing job! Such a great actress!



Baek Yi Jin – the amount of insults, embarrassments and treatment with contempt that this guy had to endure was no joke. I could feel his pain. And because of that pain, he wanted to make a difference for himself. If everyone works hard, he had to work even harder because he was just college dropout. Any career path would have been hard for him, but he worked harder to climb that ladder and I think he deserved where he was at the end. Well, at least the career side of things. I love Baek Yi Jin’s part in Na Hee Do’s life, bittersweet, maybe like Brad Pitt to Jennifer Aniston or Gwyneth Paltrow πŸ˜‰. The way he would look at her with those puppy eyes, omo, omo, I melt! Credit to our handsome Nam Joo Hyuk for being our Baek Yi Jin. Well done!

Koo Yoo Rim – she was Na Hee Do’s happy ending and I just love the fact that they remained the best of friends after all those things. Koo Yoo Rim’s determination was very admirable. Her pain, struggles and sufferings because of poverty is something that a lot of us could relate to. I love her for loving her parents and sacrificing a lot for them. First time to see this idol Bo Na act and she is a very promising star. Watch out for her.

The Relationships. They always come as complicated. But hm, maybe not all. Some started simple then got complicated, others, the other way around, and sometimes it’s just smooth like butter!

Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin – I love how these two started. From strangers to acquaintances, then friends, then lovers, then wutt? Support from the distance? Okay, I’ll just accept that. The story on how they got closer as friends supporting each other on their lowest moments, then fell in love but started drifting apart, it broke my heart big time 😒! It’s so complicated. I just wish they both could have love, happiness and success all at once. But I guess that’s too much to ask.

Na Hee Do and her mum – I think Na Hee Do’s relationship with her mum had contributed to her break up with Baek Yi Jin. Her mum worked hard for her career missing out a lot on Na Hee Do growing up. Na Hee Do just doesn’t want another absentee loved one in her life. But I’m glad, in the end, these two ladies were able to fixΒ  things up.

Na Hee Do and Koo Yoo Rim – I love their connection. It truly rooted from when they were still young. It might have been an insecurity thing from Koo Yoo Rim’s side when she lost against Na Hee Do when they were just starting, but definitely that was the connection. She started to dream to be the rival of Na Hee Do. Koo Yoo Rim made it to the top, and that made Na Hee Do dream too, and that someday she’ll be competing against Koo Yoo Rim. It took them aΒ  while to be friends but they got there eventually, and what an amazing friendship they have! It was such a nerve-racking scene when they were competing for the gold medal in Madrid, and the embrace at the end made me tear up! Such an emotional scene!



Koo Yoo Rim and Moon Ji Woong – I admire these two for being strong for each other. Both young and in love but going through hardships together. I love that Ji Woong didn’t give up on Koo Yoo Rim, even when the latter tried to break up with him. Their goal was clear (especially from Ji Woong’s side), that they’ll be together no matter what. At the proposal, Ji Woong said, “It doesn’t matter where I come from. What matters is where I will go.”

Na Hee Do, Koo Yoo Rim, Baek Yi Jin, Moon Ji Woong and Ji Seung Wan – the bond between these friends was so strong and very admirable. I love how they hang out together – eat, drink, get drunk, talk, play games. It so brings back a lot of memories for me. I suddenly miss my childhood friends!

Collection of Quotes:

” Injeolmi, I have to have you.” – Na Hee Doo to Baek Yi Jin, mistaking him as her chat friend Injeomi 😍

“In the real world, you make an apology for the sake of everyone’s peace. It’s nothing personal. Society doesn’t care at all about an individual finding peace.” Sunbae giving Baek Yi Jin advice πŸ‘

“”Wherever you are, I will make sure my support reaches you. I will go and reach you.” – Na Hee Do to Baek Yi Jin ❀️

“My support is not reaching him anymore.” – Na Hee Do to herself 😒

“We’re lovers only during the good times, and a burden to each other in the bad times.” Na Hee Do to Baek Yi Jin during the breakup 😒

“It doesn’t matter where I come from. What matters is where I will go.” – Moon Ji Woong proposing to Koo Yoo Rim πŸ₯°



Handsome cameos. Choi Tae Joon (Park Shin Hye’s husband) as Na Hee Do’s ex-boyfriend came us a lovely surprise, especially that Baek Yi Jin was getting jealous of him. Kang Hoon (Red Sleeve) too, surprised us all when he appeared as Baek Yi Jin’s grown up younger brother, Baek Yi Hyun.

Unforgettable OST. I love all the songs that came with the drama. They match the 90’s mood, although they now leave a sting in my heart every time I listen to them. Here’s Twenty Five Twenty One OST!

Ending. I like the part where everyone finds their own closure. Na Hee Do, all grown-up, going back to the place where the most pain had happened. Baek Yi Jin, while retrieving his password after 20 years, reveals his answer to the question, Who’s your first love? In the end, I think it’s not how we grieve on the breakup but how we move on after it. Just like our Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin.

Dislikes: I’m still grieving though on the breakup! 😒😒😒

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Moonshine

moonshine kdramaSummary: Nam Young has just passed the national service exam and becomes an officer for the Saheonbu, which cracks down on people who breaks the alcohol prohibition. He comes across Kang Ro Seo, a poor girl who originally hailed from a noble family. And because of poverty, Kang Ro Seo starts brewing alcohol to make a living.

Trailer: Moonshine

Genre: Period, Romance, King & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young
Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo
Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo
Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin



Likes:Β  I always say, I learned a lot from kdramas, in fact, I still do. Honestly, I didn’t have any idea what moonshine mean πŸ€”. Well, it sounded very romantic. You know Moonshine, sounds very close to The Moon that Embraces the Sun, Moon Lover – Scarlet Heart or Moonlight Drawn by Clouds 😊. And they’re all period romance dramas too! To my surprise, it means “smuggled alcohol”. There you go, another lesson learnt from my favourite vice of all times, watching kdramas! Who says, you don’t learn a thing from it, I learnt tons! Anyway, Moonshine wasn’t all about alcohol (although, there was a lot of emphasis on how sweet it tastes), there was also romance, comedy, some detective work and of course, the complex politics. It was just like a cocktail!

Very colourful too! The costumes and props were popping in colours!. I love the beautiful Hanboks, the romantic lanterns and the never-ending spring blossoms everywhere (although sometimes they already appear too fake).

Our main leads chemistry wasn’t that strong but I love both actors…

Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young – his eyes are always very charismatic, and he’s acting is always good. Here, as an upright civil servant, he appeared so cute instead of scary.

Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo – I love Hye Ri’s simple look. I think it suited Kang Ro Seo’s character a lot. Hye Ri’s Joseon accent is commendable. She really sounded like from an old era.



Our supporting leads are cute!

Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo – this guy is just sooo handsome! He sort of upstaged Yoo Seung Ho from the looks department. And he was the crown prince!

Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin – she was just too cute! Love the character too… bold, brave and tenacious! Very admirable! No wonder the prince fell for her in the end.

There were other notable characters in the drama like Sim Heon, the merchant and Woon Sim, the gisaeng and their tragic love story. Of course, our two powerful villains, the Chief Royal Secretary and the Chief State Councilor. Our comedic reliefs, Gye Ssssang Mok and Hwang So Yoo. And I also love the young queen, who despite the age, showed maturity, wisdom and courage.

Dislikes: The story was draggy. I got really so bored. And the ending was quite cheesy too.

They tried to have some mysteries going on but they were too vague. Solving those mysteries was merely lucky guesses.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Now, We Are Breaking Up

now we are breaking up kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Ha Young Eun is a hard-working team lead of a leading fashion company. She’s responsible for a lot of stuff including guiding his boss’ daughter to properly do her job. She meets again professional, fashion photographer, Yoon Jae Kook, who she had a one-night-stand in Paris.

Trailer: Now, We Are Breaking Up

Genre: Romance, Noona Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Hye Kyo as Ha Young Eun
Jang Ki Yong as Yoon Jae Kook
Choi Hee Seo as Hwang Chi Sook
Kim Joo Hun as Suk Do Hoon
Sehun as Hwang Chi Hyung



Likes: Beautiful leads, no doubt, but chemistryΒ  is another story.

Song Hye Kyo as Ha Young Eun – you can see that she’s gotten older but still very beautiful. She is definitely a talent but the role made her look like she’s not having fun in life, too serious. I wish to see her again in a more light-hearted drama, maybe a romantic comedy. Nevertheless, she looked stunning in different outfits, especially the floral dress.

Jang Ki Yong as Yoon Jae Kook – still very handsome. After My Roommate is a Gumiho, I was looking forward to this drama. His role here didn’t make much impact like the Gumiho but still glad to see this beauty in another light. Tall and handsome, he complemented Hye Kyo’s perfect look.

Fashionable Outfits. Love all Song Hye Kyo’s outfits! She looked good in them and they looked good on her. Her floral dress was just so pretty! Perfect for the date although she looked so stiff in that scene πŸ˜‰. Also love Jang Ki Yong’s relaxed outfit. This guy looks good on everything I guess. Pretty much everyone in the show looked fashionable.

Awesome Quotes. Love how each episode starts with quotes from famous personalities. And my favourite was by Gertrude Stein, “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” πŸ˜‚

SONO. How meaningful is the name for Ha Young Eun’s clothing line was and to think it was originally suggested by a stranger who turned out to be the love of her life.



Bold Reply. When Ha Young Eun was asked by Jae Guk’s mum if they can have a talk and Young Eun replied, ” If you’re So Wan’s mum then I don’t have a reason to meet you, but if you’re Jae Guk’s mum, yes, I will meet you.”Β  Very bold of her and kind of like it if I was in Young Eun’s shoes but not if I were the mum πŸ€”.

Supporting Love Teams. I was glad they had other love teams to switch my attention to. The Hwang Chi-sook and Seok Do-hoon’s love team was a bit cringy but these two were just so cute.

Friendship Goal. The strong bond between the three ladies was simply admirable. It makes me miss my best friends more.

Dislikes: The story was just blah. Lots of cliches. And what I was disappointed most was the lack of justification for the main lead’s greatest love for each other. Also, the lack of chemistry was very evident. Sorry, but I was totally bored. Struggled to finish the whole drama.

The ending was, how would I describe it, very lazily done. It was like, what, that was it?!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Red Sleeve

red sleeve kdramaSummary: Sung Duk Im is a court lady serving the crown prince of Joseon. Without knowing the real appearance of the prince, she’s been actually talking to him a handful of times while disguised as his teacher. The prince falls in love with Sung Duk Im and she later becomes his royal concubine.

Trailer: Red Sleeve

Genre: Period, Romance, Kings & Princes, Books
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo
Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui
Kang Hoon as Hong Duk Ro / Hong Kook Young




Likes: What made this show so successful is the focus on the romance between Lee San and Duk Im, from the beginning till the very end. All the other stuff, like Lee San’s struggle to get to the throne or his reign and Duk Im’s palace life were secondary (but still very-well covered) to that beautiful romance between these two characters. Well, no doubt this grabbed Kdramastowatch Best Romance award for 2021!

Best Romantic Scenes. Countless in this show but recalling the time when Lee San wasn’t allowed to get out of his chamber and Duk Im came to read the Book of Odes to him from the outside. That was one of the first strong connections, I think. Hm, how about the bath scene? That was crazy hot! And I always found it romantic when these two are bickering, which one time ended up with the first kiss! How about the first night? I won’t even go there 🀭.

Book of Odes Passage. “The north wind is cold, the falling snow is voluminous. If you love me, and are affectionate, with the one I love and who likes me, I’ll hold your hand and part with you.

The north wind is chilly, the falling snow is thick. If you are affectionate and love me, I’ll hold your hand and go back with you.”

Lots of good drama. The story is so rich that although we have the love story of Lee San and Duk Im as the main focus, we’ve got so many others to pay attention to. Like the relationship between Lee San and his grandfather King. I would call it tough love. The ties between Lee San and the Queen (later Queen Dowager), I would call that strong support. The relationship between the chief court lady and the grandfather King, I would call that resentment. The bond between Lee San and Hong Duk Ro, I would call that broken friendship. Then we’ve got the strong friendship and bond between Duk Im and her friends. She even told the king later, you’ve got everything, the country and your subjects, I’ve only got my friends. All these, made this show such an awesome drama! One can easily relate to each situation. And as viewers, we also felt the pain and the happiness.



Cinematography. This is my second for best cinematography. Just so many beautiful scenes and I just love how the camera would move around capturing every nice angles.

Costumes. The details they put on costume is commendable! Although the King’s robes and the Queens wardrobes were always grand and impressive, I love how they managed to give attention to the court ladies uniforms. The court ladies were vital in the story, so there was obviously a need to identify the ranking. Song Duk Im’s court lady uniform which was kept by her friend was later treasured by the king at the very end.

Favourite Quote: “Were you captivated by me or I was captivated by you?”

“Are we really talking about orange?” – Lee San to Duk Im

Top leads with the strongest chemistry.

Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo – my gosh I’m so in love with Joon Ho now 🀭! This idol already impressed me in Wok in Love. He is such a fine actor. He slayed the role of Lee San, later King Jeongjo! He was great as King, almost like Lee Duk Hwa’s performance but he was most adorable as someone who was so in love with a court lady. The longing in his looks. The facial expression when he gets angry at her (well for basically ignoring him). And yes the drama he had to endure at the very end. Well done Joo Ho!



Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui – she looked very thin in the beginning that when she smiled, she didn’t look good at all. But when her character developed, she was getting more and more beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of her past dramas and I would say she always delivers. I love Sung Duk Im’s strong and resisting character, it suits Lee Se Young well. And my gosh this lady’s chemistry with Joon Ho was just top, hands down. Wish they would do another drama again.

Ending. I must admit I was taken aback. I didn’t do any research prior. I won’t say it’s completely sad because in the end they were reunited.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


The King’s Affection

the kings affection kdramaSummary: King Lee Hwi has a big secret. She’s a girl who has to live as a king to replace her crown prince twin brother who got killed for pretending to be her. Things get complicated when the king’s new teacher happens to be the guy she once liked.

Trailer: The King’s Affection

Genre:Β  Period, Romance, Gender Bender, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi
Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon
Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun
Choi Byung Chan as Kim Ga On
Bae Yoon Kyung as Shin So Eun



Likes: Another gender bender favourite, this time taking the role of the king of Joseon himself. A very tricky situation and I thought at first this would come out too shabby, but thanks to the brilliant cast, especially Park Eun Bin, who did such an amazing job as King Lee Hwi! Accompanied by a detailed story of love, friendship, family and loyalty, and with a great focus on character development, this drama exceeded my expectation.

Background story. We had 2 long episodes of how the whole switch had happened and I love how detailed the story was about the young crown prince and his twin sister. It involved many beautiful scenes in the past, but it didn’t end without the heartbreaking ones. This well-told background story clearly gave us a good understanding of the later King’s challenges and sufferings.

I love the girl who took the role of the young crown prince and Dam-i. She was brilliant! Really good casting as I couldn’t even tell if she was a boy or a girl. Her acting skills are quite impressive for such a young age.



Brilliant Cast. As mentioned above, even the young actor was pretty good. Let’s take a look at the rest…

Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi – Hands down to this lady for being so awesome in this role! In fact, she took our KdramastoWatch 2021 best actress award. She very well deserved that! She commanded strength, courage, power, intelligence and above all beauty. Park Eun Bin managed to be handsome and beautiful at the same time, and I thought that was very impressive. I loved her voice too, not too feminine, could really get away with being a man. Her shooting arrows, sword-fighting, horseback riding, saving someone from tripping may it be a gentleman or a lady, made my poor heart flutter so much πŸ˜‚.

Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon – I’m starting to like Ro Woon but to match Park Eun Bin’s height, they could have casted someone a bit shorter. In fairness to Ro Woon, he was quite cute here and he had a good chemistry with Park Eun Bin.

Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun – oh my our poor second lead who of course didn’t up with the lady but at least he got the throne in the end. I like Nam Yoon Soo’s very friendly face. And as Prince Jaeun, his loyalty, love and friendship to the lady king was very commendable.



Animated Intro. You might not have noticed how beautiful this animated intro is, so please check it out here. It’s short but somehow it captures the king’s journey at one glance. Such a pretty watercolour art too!

Undeniably fitting OST.Β  I just thought the song was perfect for the drama! The romance is there but you can also feel the pain, the longing, and the sadness. Check out One and Only by Lyn, this will bring you back memories.

Favourite Quotes: “A good rain knows its season right.”

“Until the end of my days, my life would have been filled with nothing more than meaningless attempts to stay alive. What king of a life would that be?” -King Lee Hwi

Ending: Loved the epilogue! How beautiful she had become with that hairpin on her hair!

Dislikes: They should stop casting too caucasian-looking-Koreans for historical drama. Their looks just don’t suit well in this era.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Red Sky

red sky kdramaSummary: Hong Chun Gi is a female painter during the Joseon era, who is able to enter Gyungbokgung Palace. Her fate is entwined with Ha Ram, a man who lost his sight but knows how to read the skies and constellations.

Trailer: Red Sky

Genre:Β  Period, Romance, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi
Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram
Gong Myung as Grand Prince Yangmyeong
Kwak Si-yang as Grand Prince Juhyang



Likes: First Impression – beautiful and dreamy! It’s a period drama but the production was clear from the beginning that there’s no historical relevance thus more focused on that dreamy, romantic, fantasy world. There were so many beautiful scenes like my favourite peach orchard, the kiss by the water, the kite flying, the meeting at the pavilion, the sky watching and that heart-thumping palanquin ride!

Gods and Deities. I love how the drama started with the background story of the feuding gods. Although it’s animated, it’s nice to have some visuals of what happened in the past. I mentioned this too in My Roommate is a Gumiho, as they did a similar thing. This additional feature makes the story richer and it really helps expand the imagination (especially for those like me who totally needs some visual help). The drama was generous enough introducing us to the likes of Samshin, the Tiger god and Ma Wang.

Painting Details. Impressed how detailed the drama was when it comes to the paintings, especially how the portrait of the king was made. From the first draft to the outlining and coloring. The focus on the brush strokes was remarkable too. The painting competition was also fun to watch, with how each artist came up with their own interpretation of the themes. Indeed, one’s expression is unique.



Cheon Gi and Ha Ram’s destiny. So, it was all written in the sky then :-)? Anyway, I still like how these two were meant for each other, that even prince YangMyeong didn’t stand a chance. How the two met when they were young was already somehow romantic. The girl couldn’t see but the boy could. When they met again, the lady could see but the gentleman couldn’t. What a mean fate! It was all the goddess fault! Good thing, they were both rewarded in the end, so all good, I’m not bitter anymore.

Gorgeous leads! And you will have to agree with me :-).

Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi – this girl is a sageuk queen. She was in the popular The Moon that Embraces the Sun and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, all with those dreamy titles! I love seeing her in Hanboks, they make her look even more beautiful. As Hong Chun Gi, she did so well in that drama when she lost her eyesight again, just before she would finish the final painting of the king.

Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram – this guy is tall which made him look so good in Hanboks too! And goodness gracious, have you guys seen that part when he was working out shirtless? How can a blind man look so hot like that?! And the red eyes suited him so well too! Ahn Hyo Sup has definitely come a long way from being an idol. He’s handsome and he’s tall with a sexy body to boot. I wish him more great projects to come.

Funniest scene. That moment when Ha Ram, possessed by Ma Wang, went to Cheon Gi’s room to claim her eyes. When that failed to happen, the two ended up sleeping in the same room. Ha Ram went out with only his night clothes and Cheon Gi tried to cover him with her skirt, in which innocence was somehow hard to prove :-).



Dreamy OST. It’s very sageuk romantic, love it! Here’s Red Sky OST. I especially love Is It Me by Baekhyun!

The Ending. Just love endings with epilogues. And they were very generous with it. And yeah, glad to see Kim Yoo Jung kissing his leading man properly. All so grown-up now!

Dislikes: I know the peach orchard was so beautiful like that, but couldn’t help noticing the trees having fruits and flowers at the same time. As far as I know, the flowers will turn into fruits so the two can’t exist at the same time.

They got so lazy with Prince Juhyang who was in prison, that even after 5 years, he still looked the same. Didn’t age, didn’t grow more beard, didn’t get skinny and dirty. Oh well, thought no one would notice.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Nevertheless

nevertheless kdramaSummary: Just after breaking up from her boyfriend, Yoo Na Bi meets Park Jae Eon, an art student like her in the university that she’s in. She’s instantly attracted to him but he’s the type who doesn’t date. Mutually, they agree to meet. However, their relationship cause insecurities and gossips which is affecting Yoo Na Bi’s studies.

Trailer: Nevertheless

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 10
Stars: Song Kang as Park Jae Eon
Han So Hee as Yoo Na Bi
Chae Jong Hyup as Yang Do Hyuk
Lee Yeol Eum as Yoon Seol Ah




Likes: The focus on art studies, students and its classroom setting made this drama a special one. I love the details on the project-making: sculpting, carving, solding, drawing, sketching, then there’s the use of wood, metal, clay and other materials. I’ve never been to an art school so it’s fascinating to see how it would look like.

Addicting attraction. The main story is centered on a very strong attraction between the lead characters. I like how this thing is being highlighted. Obviously, there are people who value this over relationships or attachment. There are also group of people who wants both, which could be more challenging but not impossible.

Main love team. Great chemistry between Park Jae Eon and Yoo Na Bi! They simply look good together. Their intimate moments were well-shot. Kudos to the lady director of this drama. Although, I was so swayed by Yang Do Hyuk, I still thought Jae Eon and Na Bi had something more in common. Would the two last though? I think that’s not the point but how they would enjoy being together as long as they’d last.

Other love teams. Plenty in this drama! But my favourite is Yoon Sol and Ji Wan! Theirs is the most likeable, unconventional pairing. The chemistry between the two was strong. And I just love how Yoon Sol would look at Ji Wan with so much love and admiration. One could feel the sincerity!



The seaside. I just thought that seaside town was beautiful! If I were Na Bi, the choice was easy. Fall in love with Do Hyuk and stay in that place. The view of the water from Do Hyuk’s restaurant was like a painting!

The finished art. Love Na Bi’s sculpture with wings. That was the highlight of the last episode for me.

The Ending. You have to make sure you’ll be happy with your choice and you stand by it. Na Bi’s choice was hers and if that made her happy so be it.

Dislikes: Park Jae Eon’s character was too weak. Handsome face but lacking substance. The only strong feature about him is his passion in art. Driving a Maserati was a turn-off, but well, we could blame the sponsor for that.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)